GIVEAWAY & Review: The Mirabal Sisters
Long ago, the Dominican Republic was ruled by a president who allowed people very little freedom.
Book Title: The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies by Raynelda A. Calderon
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Cayena Press, Inc., 48 pages
Release date: March 2022
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all readers.
Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.
The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies presents a historical account of a Dominican family who served a resistance against a cruel president. The book is targeted for children 8-12 but be warned it may be disturbing or jarring to sensitive children. (Subject matter covers execution, murder, death, and fear.)
I was unfamiliar with the Mirabal sisters before reading this book. Their story is a heartbreaking one, but one that is important to tell. Although their lives ended tragically, they stood for what they believed in and sacrificed their freedoms and even their lives to make a change.
This isn’t a light read or bedtime story book, but rather an educational story. The illustrations give us a good idea of what these sisters looked like and how passionate they were. I, as an adult, learned a lot from this book and I’ve no doubt young readers will as well.
Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.
Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.
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